Growth Hub January News: Brexit Actions, Financial Support and more…

South Yorkshire businesses – let us support you during latest lockdown!

Businesses who are feeling the impact of this latest lockdown are reminded that help and guidance is still available through the Growth Hub.If you are a business in the hospitality, leisure and non-essential retail sector, you may be eligible for further financial support from your local council, due to the current lockdown.

James Muir, Chair of the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, explains: “The latest lockdown is another major blow to businesses that have been struggling through local and national restrictions for months. The Growth Hub is here to provide essential advice to these businesses, helping them to navigate the support available and find solutions to the key challenges they are facing.” 

Restart to Growth

Business owners can still take advantage of Sheffield City Region Growth Hub’s Re-Start to Growth initiative, which gives access to experienced and skilled experts to help assess, plan and restart their business through an agreed programme of intensive support.
Any business that is looking for help and support with regards eligibility for funding, or who is looking to benefit from the Re-Start to Growth initiative, should visit the Growth Hub website.

Brexit Information, Advice and Guidance when you need it!

Businesses are well aware that the UK left the EU single market and Customs Union on 1st January 2021, which is presenting both opportunities and challenges for companies in South Yorkshire.
The government has provided a Brexit Checker Tool which gives you a personalised list of actions for you, your business and your family.
You can also get a better view of where your business’ strengths lie and where you may be vulnerable now we have left the EU by taking a look at our ‘Brexit Resilience Tool’. 
It takes just 15 minutes to fill in your details and you will receive a personalised report from our experts, with recommendations on actions to take. Areas covered include Business Planning & Strategy; Innovation; Sales & Marketing; Export; People & Skills and Finance.

South Yorkshire Brexit Business Support Helpline

The South Yorkshire Brexit Business Support helpline is now open and ready to take all your queries in regards to the changes your business may face.
You can call the helpline on 0114 2238188 or email
Visit and for more information visit

There’s still time to join a Peer Network group!

Are you looking to build your contacts locally and to benefit from collaboration with others to solve business challenges?

If you are interested in progressing your business amongst a group of like-minded peers, this support scheme will be beneficial for you. Peer Networks is a peer-to-peer programme for managers and owners of small businesses that want to grow and develop their organisation for future success. Through interactive action learning, the scheme will enable you to discuss your own challenges, gain and reflect on valuable feedback and implement practical solutions to overcome issues.There are limited spaces left on this scheme! The last day to sign up is Tuesday 2nd February 2021. Please get in touch with our Gateway Team now to sign up to the scheme or find out more here.

Mental Health and Wellbeing a Priority in Lockdown

Mental health is a priority at the moment and, as businesses settle into this latest national lockdown, the Sheffield City Region Mayoral Combined Authority wants to support business leaders to look after their own mental and physical wellbeing and that of their staff.
To help with this, from now until Easter, we will be hosting a calendar of virtual events to guide businesses through the pandemic.
We also have plenty of resources to help businesses support their staff through closures and restrictions and we will be sharing content across our social media to help individuals to improve their health and wellbeing.
Keep an eye out for a series of videos with our Active Travel Commissioner, Dame Sarah Storey on activity, health and wellbeing. Look out for the hashtag #LiveWellSY on social media.
Find out more

Could your business benefit from free digital advice?

As the pandemic continues to change consumer behaviour, what better time to consider your use of digital technology? Access free expert advice, reviewing your current digital technology health and plan for development to aide growth and sustainability in this digital world.
To find out more, click here.

Twinkl helps parents & teachers through the pandemic and supports new like-minded businesses

A Sheffield-based educational publisher has played a major role in supporting education during the Covid-19 lockdown, after recognising how it could help teachers, parents and carers right across the globe.

Twinkl immediately offered free access to its entire collection of online resources, which was over 630,000 at the time, as schools closed as a result of Covid-19 back in March.

The company reached out to over 200 countries and regions and created bespoke codes for different countries to ensure that everyone, everywhere was able to access Twinkl resources should they wish to use them.

As a result, Twinkl’s website became the 89th largest domain in the UK by traffic, sitting above sites including Deliveroo, Adidas, Expedia and Missguided.

Jonathan Seaton, CEO and Co-founder of Twinkl, explains: “As schools around the world closed as a result of the pandemic, we recognised how our resources could help teachers, parents and carers navigate the challenge of home-schooling that they suddenly found themselves faced with. The response that we have had has been overwhelming and we are incredibly proud to have been a part of keeping the world learning during this difficult time.”

Founded in 2010, Twinkl provides over 675,000 high-quality resources, which are all teacher-created and checked, to 9.1 million members including primary and secondary school teachers, nursery workers and parents.

Although now a global company, Sheffield is still at the heart of the Twinkl success story and is now investing back into the local tech community through TwinklHive, a business accelerator that it launched at the end of last year. TwinklHive nurtures and supports emerging EdTech startups by providing them with investment, support services, mentorship and the option of residency at its office in Sheffield.

As a result, TwinklHive has contributed to the sustainable growth of 8 start-ups, despite being less than one year old itself. Since Twinkl’s investment, these companies have created and filled 25 job roles between them.

James Muir, Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Chairman said: “It is fantastic to see how Twinkl is enhancing the EdTech sector in Sheffield City Region. Their TwinklHive accelerator is an inspired idea which will catapult new start-ups forward, giving them the opportunity to benefit from specialist support and to be part of a rapidly growing dynamic new community that is emerging here in Sheffield.”

For more information about why Sheffield City Region is a great place to live, work and invest visit

RISE Business Support Initiative now open!

Any business looking to identify and grow their employment of graduates will be interested to learn the RISE business support initiative is now open.
RISE gives SME businesses access to a wide pool of talented graduates, as well as providing candidate matching and interview administration.
Through RISE you can access:

  • Full support to scope and advertise your graduate role(s)
  • Business support tools and workshop to make the most of your graduate hire
  • Grants for the first hire you make

RISE makes the recruitment process easier for you, saving costs, time and increasing your access to a wider pool of suitable talent; but more importantly it is about helping develop your know-how and capabilities, providing the practical tools that will enable you to confidently recruit graduates in the future.
Visit or contact Ollie Tarrant, RISE SME Engagement Manager to discuss and confirm your eligibility –

Adult education skills providers sought

A procurement exercise is underway to find organisations that can deliver adult education services funded through the devolved adult education budget to South Yorkshire residents.  The deadline date is 2nd February.
Our Combined Mayoral Authority will have responsibility for commissioning adult skills provision for the residents of Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield, as part of the devolution, with the devolved Adult Education Budget (AEB) will be in place in our region from August 1st.
Transforming adult education is part of the Mayoral Combined Authority’s Renewal Action Plan promise to give a hand up for people to improve their skills, get back to work, or remain and progress in employment.
You can find out more about the adult education budget on the Sheffield City Region Mayoral Combined Authority website.

Latest Events

Keep an eye on the interactive online events calendar on our website, for all the forthcoming webinars and seminars on a range of informative and relevant topics.
This includes Export Academy events, delivered by the Department for International Trade.
Forthcoming events include International Market Research – 25th January 13:00 to 14:00; Export Pricing and Distribution 27th January 10:00 to 11:00; Customs Procedures – 2 February 13:00 to 14:00, plus many more throughout February. Find out more
You can register for any of these events by visiting our interactive online events calendar.  You can even add your own event by visiting Submit an event

Be part of our online community

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